Whoops! Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), the only Member of Congress that we know of who has been dumb enough to have sex with an obvious Chinese honeypot spy, probably shouldn’t have asked FBI Director Christopher Wray if January 6 was a real insurrection. But he did!
Swalwell asked Wray the question in a committee hearing on Thursday, which forced the FBI Director to finally tell the truth: No, the January 6th protests were not an “insurrection” under any legal definition of the word. If Wray had claimed it was an insurrection, he’d have been perjuring himself under oath. (Spoiler alert: Eric Swalwell is not a very smart attorney.)
Other than that stunning admission, the rest of FBI Director Wray’s testimony was either evasive or noncommittal when it came to talking about the mostly peaceful protests of January 6th. Wray is still insisting that many of the protesters were “armed,” and told Congress that “more significant charges” are coming in the near future for more protesters.
While keeping a straight face, Wray described some of the “weapons” that were carried into the US Capitol by Trump supporters:
Kevlar (not a weapon), tactical vests (not a weapon), and bear spray (technically a defensive tool that no criminal in human history has ever used to carry out a crime).
Recognizing that as a BS answer as to whether the Trump supporters were armed, Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), who is not an idiot like Rep. Eric Swalwell, asked Wray, “Firearms? Anybody bring firearms?”
This forced Christopher Wray to deliver an answer that can only be described as technically not a straight-up lie, but definitely bureaucratic nonsense-speak:
“I can think of at least one instance where there was an individual with a gun inside the Capitol, but for the most part, the weapons were weapons other than firearms.”
We know from all of the unsealed indictments that there were only three people arrested in DC on January 6th on firearms charges. One was a person who showed up near the US Capitol several hours after the protests were over. It’s unclear whether this person was a Trump supporter at all, or just a guy who picked a really bad time to go for a walk near the Capitol while carrying a concealed weapon.
Another was a Trump supporter who had a gun locked inside his vehicle several blocks away from the Capitol.
He left his gun in his truck while he went to the Capitol, and a nosy DC cop spotted it as he was walking by. The police then waited and arrested the unarmed Trump supporter on a gun charge when he came back to his truck.
So yes, technically, he was “in the Capitol.” And yes, he “had a gun” (locked in his vehicle several blocks away from the protests). But he did not have his gun “inside the Capitol,” as the charges against him patiently explain.
A third individual, a man from Maryland, was caught carrying a concealed firearm “on Capitol grounds” on January 6th. But that guy is not accused of actually entering the Capitol building.
Out of the three gun arrests on January 6th, none of the cases involved a gun actually being carried inside the US Capitol. Some insurrection!
But then the hearing got really exciting. Jim Jordan jumped up on a desk, pulled out a pair of six guns and started firing shots into the ceiling like Yosemite Sam while shouting, “Let my people goooooo!” Thomas Massie ripped off his jacket to reveal a suicide vest as he grabbed Christopher Wray in a headlock. Resistance leader Kevin McCarthy then strode into the hearing chamber and began reading a list of demands, starting with the release of all the Trump supporters being tortured in solitary confinement in the DC jail.
Oh, wait. No, that didn’t happen. Most of the GOP Members just sat there like lumps while waiting their turn to ask lukewarm questions that sort of played down the January 6 events a little bit. None of them grilled Wray about the Trump supporters who are currently being forced to wipe their butts with their fingers, because the Department of Justice is denying them toilet paper and other amenities.
The hearing was mostly a bust, with no fireworks from any of the Republicans. But at least Eric Swalwell managed to undermine the Democrats’ cause, by getting the FBI Director to finally admit that it wasn’t an insurrection.